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Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You

October 08, 2015


Ross McCannon sets out to get us passed the awkwardness and stress or workplace living.

Our book giveaway this week is featuring Ross McCammon's new book, Works Well With Others. To give you another taste of the book, we thought we'd share with you...


When I landed from my first big job in New York about ten years ago, I didn't feel ready. Not socially, at least. It was the little things that I couldn't figure out. How to speak in a meeting full of smart, competitive people. What to order at the bar after work. Why cars in New York honk at pedestrians.

These were little things. But they added up to a lot of awkwardness and stress.

But I eventually got more comfortable on the big stage (... and on the street). Comfortable enough that I've written a book about my experiences navigating a new job, a new career, and, to a great extent, a new life.

Works Well With Others is about the social aspects of the professional landscape that no one ever talks about—things that produce anxiety but don't need to. I think you might enjoy it. I did. I mean, I only read it eight times. But I laughed and I learned.

I almost cried. But that might have been allergies.

Thanks for taking a look. Or at least putting it at the top of the pile.The good pile, I hope. Not the bad pile.


"Regardless of your vocation, Ross McCammon provides you with all the skinny required to find your fanny with both hands. ... HILARIOUS AND TRUE, THIS NAVIGATIONAL CHAPBOOK KNOWS THE SCORE." —NICK OFFERMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe "My advice: Do not read this book at work. That's because it will make you snort with laughter, perhaps even giggle, and generally look unprofessional. On the other hand, DO read this book before or after work or any other time. Not only is it hilarious, but it's massively useful. Ross McCammon gives great advice about interviews, speeches, collaborations, clothes, and the art of not being the office jerk. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BUSINESS BOOK IN YEARS." —A. J. JACOBS, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically 


Ross McCammon has been a senior editor at Esquire magazine since 2005, where he's responsible for the magazine's coverage of pop culture, drinking, cars, and etiquette. He has edited Esquire's "Dubious Achievement Awards" and the long-running annual feature "The Best Bars in America," writes the monthly feature "The Rules," and is a frequent contributor to the magazine's back-page humor section "This Way Out." For three years he has been the business-etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine. His humor has been collected in Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category, edited by Dave Eggers. He lives in New York with his wife and children.

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